It has not yet been confirmed whether holidays abroad will be allowed from May 17, the Prime Minister announced this evening (Monday).
Boris Johnson said at a press conference on Downing Street that the data they need to make the decision will be released later this week.
Ahead of the Global Travel Task Force’s report, due April 12, he provided further details of the framework for easing international travel restrictions.
Mr. Johnson, along with Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty and Chief Scientific Advisor Sir Patrick Vallance, said: “Of course we hope we come on May 17th, but I do not want to hold luck hostage or underestimate the difficulties. We are seeing some of the goals, that people might want to go to. “
The detail needed to make the decision will be announced shortly, he added.
“The Global Travel Task Force will report later this week and we will state what we think is appropriate well before May 17th.
“As soon as we have solid information and solid data, we’ll let you know.”
Mr Johnson answered a question from the BBC’s Iain Watson who also asked for “Covid Passes” for mass events.
Mr Johnson said when it comes to Covid Status certification, there is no question that someone “will be asked to provide Covid Status certification when they go to the shops or the pub garden or the hairdressers or on Monday whatever goes. ” [April 12] and in fact, we are not planning to do step three on May 17th if we are hoping to see the indoor hospitality open. “
But he added that “the idea that vaccination status is useful for international travel is under scrutiny by all countries”.
He mentioned three ways to reassure others when you go to a major “mass event”.
“Number one is your immunity. So if you’ve had the virus in the past six months.
“Number two is vaccination status and number three is test. Tests are really valuable.”
Mentioning the new lateral flow tests offered by the NHS for asymptomatic people, he added, “I want to emphasize that the idea of Covid certification through vaccination alone poses complicated ethical and practical problems as many people get out of one Reason or others may not be vaccinated for medical reasons or because they are pregnant. “